William Barker, VC: The Life, Death and Legend of Canada's Most Decorated War Hero

William Barker, VC: The Life, Death and Legend of Canada's Most Decorated War Hero

by Wayne Ralph

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William Barker, VC: The Life, Death and Legend of Canada's Most Decorated War Hero by Wayne Ralph

A True Canadian Hero! William Barker is Canada's most-decorated Great War hero. Born in Dauphin, Manitoba on Nov. 3, 1894, he wracked up a total of 50 victories on the Italian and Western fronts. He fought a spectacular dogfight, single-handedly, against 10-plus German fighters (Barker estimated to Captain Johnston in 1919 approximately 15) on October 27, 1918, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross (which is traditionally awarded posthumously). His life was tragically cut short in a flying accident in Ottawa in 1930. Despite his decorations for bravery, his remains were buried in a crypt marked Smith (his wife's family) in Toronto. The author felt the need to address Barker's obscurity. In true Wayne Ralph style, he brings to life the country that was Canada in the early 20th century through this compelling story. This new illustrated edition celebrates Canada's mostdecorated WWI combatant. The exploits of William Barker, VC, DSO, MC merit lasting publication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470839676
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/04/2007
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 9.65(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

Wayne Ralph (St. John's, NF) grew up in a military family. He has been a magazine editor and publisher (Wings Magazine, 1976-1981), communications consultant, freelance journalist, biographer, military flying instructor (RCAF 1965-1973), and commercial airline pilot. He is the author of Aces, Warriors & Wingmen (ISBN 978-0-470-83590-6).

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